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Taylor Swift to Perform at Grammy Awards

Taylor SwiftTaylor Swift, Katy Perry and Pink are among the artists set to perform at the Grammy Awards later this month.

The "Just Give Me a Reason" hitmaker is set to perform the duet, nominated for Song of the Year, with indie rocker Nate Ruess from FUN, while Katy will sing her recent hit "Roar" at the 56th ceremony at Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 26.

"Everything Has Changed" singer Taylor, who is nominated for Album of the Year, Best Country Song, Best Country Duo/Pop Performance and Best Country Album, will also take to the stage.

Other performers will include Kendrick Lamar, Metallica, Imagine Dragons, T.I., Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and Robin Thicke, who will sing his hit "Blurred Lines" alongside the '70s and '80s band Chicago, whose "The Chicago Transit Authority" album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame this year.

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Marvin Gaye’s Family Sues Robin Thicke

Marvin Gaye's son and Robin ThickeRobin Thicke is being sued for copyright infringement over his hit song "Blurred Lines."

Marvin Gaye's children have filed legal papers accusing the singer and Pharrell Williams, who features on the track, of copying elements of the song "Got To Give It Up," according to The Hollywood Reporter. They are seeking damages and a portion of the profits from the song, which has been one of the biggest hits of 2013.

The lawsuit is in response to a claim brought in August by Robin and Pharrell, asking a court to rule their song did not infringe Marvin's copyright. In their legal papers - also filed on behalf of fellow collaborator T.I. (Clifford Harris, Jr.) - the trio insisted there were no similarities between the two songs "other than commonplace musical elements."

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Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet ships early

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Corporate News, Handhelds,

Nook Tablet

If you pre-ordered a Nook Tablet, you can get your hands on it a bit early. Though Barnes & Noble said the device would arrive on doorsteps and in stores on or around Nov. 17, the company confirmed that it will actually be available as of yesterday.

The device was delivered and available for in-store pickup yesterday. Those who didn't pre-order can start buying the tablet in stores today.

The Nook Tablet includes a 7-inch touch screen with 1024-by-600 display and runs a TI OMAP 4 dual-core processor. The $249 Nook Tablet boasts 16GB of internal storage, expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card and includes access to Barnes & Noble in-store support.

Rival Amazon also shipped its Kindle Fire tablet a day early for shoppers who pre-ordered the device; it was originally scheduled to ship on Nov. 15. During an earnings call last month, Amazon said pre-orders for the Fire exceeded expectations, prompting the company to ramp up production on the tablets. Dave Limp, vice president of Amazon Kindle, also said this week that the $199 Kindle Fire is already the best-selling item across all of Amazon.com.

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Mix Tape: Christina Aguilera’s Big Paycheck, Kanye West’s Holiday Plans

Christina Aguilera-Christina Aguilera may have lost a husband, but she’ll have her money to keep her warm. TMZ reports Aguilera was paid $1 million for one hour’s worth of work over the weekend.

-I doubt she’ll be paid Aguilera-sized money, but Susan Boyle has booked a nice gig of her own. The Britain’s Got Talent star has been asked to perform before Prince Charles and wife Camilla at the Pride of Britain Awards next week.

-Kanye West will be celebrating Thanksgiving in the Big Apple. The rapper has just been added to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade schedule. Other performers lined up include Jessica Simpson and Gladys Knight.

-On Monday, rapper T.I. returned to his second home: prison. T.I. was ordered to serve another 11 months behind bars after violating his probation. (He was arrested in September for drug possession in California.)


Mix Tape: Billy Joel Tunes Hit Rock Band, T.I. Hit with Lawsuit

Billy Joel-Plan on purchasing Rock Band 3? Then you'll have the ability to download a number of Billy Joel's hits. This is the first time the singer is allowing his music to be used in a video game.

-"The Time," the first single from The Black Eyed Peas' upcoming album, can be heard online courtesy of will.i.am. The Beginning will be released on November 30.

-Country Strong's Gwyneth Paltrow will be performing the title song from her upcoming movie at the Country Music Awards. Vince Gill will join her for the November 10 gig.

-T.I.'s problems keep mounting. The rapper is being sued by a concert promoter for failing to show up at a "Welcome Back Party" that was thrown in his honor after his last jail release.

-Divinyls singer Chrissy Amphlett has revealed she has breast cancer. The 51-year-old, best known for the song "I Touch Myself," was already battling multiple sclerosis at the time of her diagnosis.


T.I. Talks Down Potential Jumper

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Artist News, Gossip, Hip-Hop & Rap,

T.I.

Musician T.I. helped save a life on Wednesday. The recording artist was listening to Ryan Cameron’s Atlanta radio show on V103 when he heard the news about a man preparing to jump off the downtown building from where the show is broadcast.

T.I. called Cameron and asked if he could help. The DJ advised the recording artist to come on down to the building. There, T.I. spoke to police and recorded a video message for the suicidal man. Police officers played the video for the potential jumper, who agreed to come down after watching it. The man was greeted by T.I. in the lobby.

In the video, T.I. said “Nothing is that bad. Nothing in life is worth taking your life. I’m here to help you. Please come down to talk to me.”

Cameron says that no one in the building will be pressing charges against the would-be jumper.

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DJ Earworm drops the 2009 United State of Pop mashup music video


has once again worked his magic, releasing the 2009 United State of Pop mashup of the top 25 Billboard hits of the year. If you’ve never seen his work and are a music fan, you’ll want to take a look. Serious props need to be given to Earworm for the way he is able to take 25 different tracks and put them together into something that not only sounds cohesive, but is something you’d want to listen to multiple times. This years version is a mashup of the following tracks:

  • The Black Eyed Peas - BOOM BOOM POW
  • Lady Gaga - POKER FACE
  • Lady Gaga Featuring Colby O’Donis - JUST DANCE
  • The Black Eyed Peas - I GOTTA FEELING
  • Taylor Swift - LOVE STORY
  • Flo Rida - RIGHT ROUND
  • Jason Mraz - I’M YOURS
  • Beyonce - SINGLE LADIES (PUT A RING ON IT)
  • Kanye West - HEARTLESS
  • The All-American Rejects - GIVES YOU HELL
  • Taylor Swift - YOU BELONG WITH ME
  • Featuring Justin Timberlake - DEAD AND GONE
  • The Fray - YOU FOUND ME
  • Kings Of Leon - USE SOMEBODY
  • Keri Hilson Featuring Kanye West & Ne-Yo - KNOCK YOU DOWN
  • Jamie Foxx Featuring T-Pain - BLAME IT
  • Pitbull - I KNOW YOU WANT ME (CALLE OCHO)
  • Featuring Rihanna - LIVE YOUR LIFE
  • Soulja Boy Tell ‘em Featuring Sammie - KISS ME THRU THE PHONE
  • Jay Sean Featuring Lil Wayne - DOWN
  • Miley Cyrus - THE CLIMB
  • Drake - BEST I EVER HAD
  • Kelly Clarkson - MY LIFE WOULD SUCK WITHOUT YOU
  • Beyonce - HALO
  • Katy Perry - HOT N COLD

If you’re interested, we’ve got the videos for the 2008 and 2007 (my personal favorite) United State of Pop mashups for you after the break.

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Always Innovating Touch Book

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Wireless / WiFi,

Touch BookAlways Innovating has come up with the very versatile Touch Book. With a detachable keyboard and 3D touchscreen user interface, the netbook also doubles as a tablet, complete with magnet for refrigerator attachment. Debuting at DEMO 09, the device is only 9.4 x 7 x 1.4-inches and weighs less than 2 lbs. with keyboard. The Touch Book has a TI ARM processor for a battery life of 10 to 15 hours, is fan, noise and heat free, is Wifi and Bluetooth capable and has 6 USB connections, three of them internal. Due out in late spring, pre-order with prices starting at $299.

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2009 Grammy Award Winners

Alison Krauss and Robert Plant

Lil’ Wayne may have had the most nominations going in, but he wasn’t the biggest winner coming out.

Next to Rihanna and Chris Brown, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss were the biggest newsmakers of the 51st Annual Grammy Awards. The collaboration between the Led Zeppelin lead singer and the bluegrass artist earned the duo five awards last night including Album of the Year for Raising Sand and Record of the Year. Prior to yesterday, Plant, 60, had only racked up one Grammy in his career. (Krauss, on the other hand, is now up to 26.)

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This Week on TV (2/2-2/8)

Chuck in 3-D

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MONDAY 2/2)
  • Chuck (NBC, 8pm):  “In a 3-D edition, global rock star Tyler Martin () is marked for murder, so the agents kidnap the musician to discover who’s behind the deadly plot.”  Unfortunately, they don’t understand his “My-plane-crashed-on-an-island-and-there-were-these-Others” story either.
  • Heroes (NBC, 9pm):  “The newly powerless Hiro resolves to help Ando become a true superhero.” Sorry, Suresh. You’re stuck with creating powers for yourself.
  • Medium (NBC, 10pm):  Season premiere. “Daughter Bridgette lands in trouble at school for drawing nude pictures of her art teacher.” She earned an “A” for technique, but an “F” for accuracy.
  • For the Love of Ray J (VH1, 10:30pm):  Series premiere. “The actor, singer-songwriter and brother of Brandy moves 14 beautiful women into his mansion and starts his search for love.” If can get a reality show, I guess her sex tape partner should get one too.

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